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NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books

NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books
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10 Fictional Elements From the Entertainment World - Listosaur | Hungry for Knowledge Nothing drives a science fiction plot along like throwing in a good fictional element or chemical compound or two. And while some purists may decry this as “plot resolution by techno-babble,” a well-crafted fictional element can enhance a created universe and serve as a way to give characters real-world limitations. Every superhero has got to have a strength or weakness, right? Unobtanium, from the movie Avatar © 2007 Twentieth Century Fox 10. In the 2009 blockbuster film Avatar, unobtanium is vital to future technology, and the richest deposit of it lies on the moon Pandora, directly beneath the Na’vi’s gathering place and center of intelligence known as the Hometree. 9. This is a fictional element in the World of Warcraft. 8. This is the crucial fuel used to power their “faster-than-light” (FTL) drives in the Battlestar Galactica series. 7. 6. 5. This is the fictional element that comprises Captain America’s famous shield. 4. 3. 2. 1. How could kryptonite not be No. 1?

House Of Books: The Most Majestically Beautiful Libraries Around The World Photographed By Franck Bohbot There is something special about a big beautiful room full of books. For those that love to read, there is nothing quite as exciting as a magical library, full of mysterious tales and heartwarming stories. French photographer Franck Bohbot loves reading so much he decided to travel the world in search of the most beautiful libraries. Franck recently moved to New York in 2013, and has since traveled near and far in search of exquisite locations to check out a good book and take a stunning photo. Some of the most jaw-dropping libraries he has yet to photograph include Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Biblioteca Angelica in Rome. Bibliothèque du Sénat, Paris Libraries hold so much history and knowledge, not just in the form of great books but also old artifacts, as well as architecture dating back hundreds of years. Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris Bohbot was born in 1980 in a suburb of Paris, France and has worked as a freelance photographer for many years. Biblioteca Angelica, Rome

Lensman series The Lensman series is a serial science fiction space opera by Edward Elmer "Doc" Smith. It was a runner-up for the Hugo award for Best All-Time Series (the winner was the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov).[1] Publication history[edit] The series was published in magazines, before being collected and reworked into the better-known series of books. Lensman Sequel The Vortex Blaster (1960. Plot[edit] The series begins with Triplanetary, set two billion years before the present time. The Eddorians, a dictatorial, power-hungry race, come into our universe from an alien space-time continuum after observing that our galaxy and a sister galaxy (the Second Galaxy) are passing through each other. Although the Eddorians have developed mental powers almost equal to those of the Arisians, they rely instead for the most part on physical power, exercised on their behalf by a hierarchy of underling races. The series contains some of the largest-scale space battles ever written. Sequels[edit]

10 Books That Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind - WhytoRead Books There are books that change your entire mindset and shift your perception into a hole new paradigm. These books inspire you to read more and to pursue more enlightenment. Exactly what WhytoRead is all about. The books on this list will do just that. Blow your mind and put it back together in a whole new way. 10 Mind Blowing Books 1. The most intriguing part of this book is the true story of a man who fakes insanity to get off on an assault charge, but ends up spending many years locked up in a mental health facility. He tries to prove his sanity, but no one believes him. 2. An excerpt from the book should tell you why this book is mind blowing: In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in his cosmic loneliness. And God said, “Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done.” “Everything must have a purpose?” “Certainly,” said man. “Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God. And He went away. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Philip K. Dick - Le site dickien Silverleaf Bookmarks | The most beautiful bookmarks in the world 12 Great Books (And The Perfect Kind Of Mood To Read Them In) You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. –Paul Sweeney What’s the last book that moved you? That made you laugh or cry or completely reconsider your thoughts on life or love? 1. Haunted by the death of his brother and the suicide of his mother, Ben continues to slip deeper into the darkness of his own mind. 2. In The Lost Girls, readers go an adventure around the world with Jennifer, Holly, and Amanda as the three best friends decide to ditch their careers and lives back home for a crazy journey around four continents. 3. The title explains it all, although some might know the book as the PG-friendly title Being Flynn. 4. Marina Keegan was seen as a literary prodigy for her work as both a journalist and playwright at a young age. 5. This is every 20-somethings’ manifesto as Sheila Heti explores all of the life issues we deal with as adults while also wondering if we’re actually adults or just faking it. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Alice au pays des merveilles, la naissance d'un genre Le premier livre est né de la relation privilégiée entre l’auteur et les filles du doyen de Christ Church College, en particulier avec la petite Alice Liddell. C’est à sa demande que Carroll met par écrit, sous le titre Alice's Adventures Under Ground (Les aventures d'Alice sous terre), cette histoire d’abord privée, comportant de nombreux jeux de mots sur leurs noms et prénoms, inspirée par leurs amusements, leur quotidien scolaire, leurs après-midis de canotage. Le merveilleux de ce monde semble plus largement refléter celui de la psyché enfantine, comme tout droit sorti de la tête d’un.e enfant : Alice rêve, et les tableaux se succèdent, sans guère de transition, où figurent les personnages tirés des histoires qu’elle imagine. Ce passage par le merveilleux est formateur : l’intrigue a pour enjeu central la question de la croissance (devenir grand ou pas, comment, à quel prix), concrétisée sous la forme des métamorphoses magiques.

The 9 Most Eerie Books and Grimoires Of All Time (old books, grimoires, black magic, occult, necronomicon, spells, creepy) The Voynich Manuscript Widely considered to be one of the most mysterious manuscripts in the history of Time As Perceived By Mankind, this book contains a ciphered unknown alphabet written on vellum (calfskin) and depicts bizarre plants, original astronomical charts, and odd interconnected bathtubs with tiny naked people. Cryptographers, mathematicians and linguists have been unable to decipher this book. Despite its arcane nature, scholars maintain it was written during the medieval years of 1404 and 1438. Its name comes from antique book dealer Wilfrid Voynich, who bought the book second-hand in Italy in 1912. The Munich Manual of Demonic Magic Also known as The Necromancer's Manual, this grimoire is the work of a 15th century German magician who wanted to produce a sourcebook for evoking demonic spirits. The Manual contains the three major kinds of magick found in grimoires: Illusionist, Psychological, and Divinatory. Codex Seraphinianus Heptameron (‘Seven Days') The Oera Linda Book

La ville dans les littératures de l'imaginaire - ActuSF - Site sur l'actualité de l'imaginaire La ville est un thème récurrent et central des récits de l’imaginaire, que ce soit les mégalopoles futuristes des romans de science-fiction, les cités désertées ou ravagées des textes d’anticipation, les mondes virtuels construits de toutes pièces ou encore les villes merveilleuses et oniriques de la fantasy. La littérature générale est elle aussi riche de récits qui mettent la ville au centre du roman, dont certains ne sont pas loin d’être fantastiques. La ville regroupe donc des notions très larges, et que l’on peut rapporter à un grand nombre de textes. Ravage, de René Barjavel (1943) « Les studios de Radio-300 étaient installés au 96e étage de la Ville Radieuse, une des quatre Villes Hautes construites par Le Cornemusier pour décongestionner Paris. Les androïdes rêvent-ils de moutons électriques ? Le plus célèbre des romans de Philip k. L’emploi du temps, de Michel Butor (1956) Neverwhere, de Neil Gaiman (1996) The City & the City, de China Miéville (2009) de John Brunner

10 Kick-Ass Secret Passage Bookshelves If there’s one dream that unites all bookish folks (aside from, you know, universal literacy) it’s the dream of having a secret passageway hidden behind a bookcase. Ok, maybe it just unites some of us- but there’s no denying that there’s something super-nifty about having a bookcase that moves to reveal a space only you know about. You and your builder. Anywoot! Nothing says old money like a piano and a room hidden behind warm wood floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. This kid’s bookshelf opens to a secret reading nook. …Harry, are you in there? A secret passage in a gothic library that opens to reveal…a table for tea? I’ll just be over here, hanging out with ALL THE WHIMSY IN THE WORLD. For the minimalist in the family. Because sometimes you should have to climb a ladder to reach your secret passageway. I feel like this would be in the Beauty and the Beast library. Old school like the old school. For when you need to hide your Cold-War-spy era desktop computer.

Short Stories Online | Philip K. Dick Homepage > Resources > Web Sites > Short Stories Online These Philip K. Dick stories come from Project Gutenberg and are stories that were written early in his career. For more reading formats, visit that site. Only html and text are provided here. Beyond Lies the Wub html text Beyond the Door html text Mr. This title was found on Wikisource by a reader of this site. Adjustment Team pdf This title was found on SFFaudio by a fan. Upon The Dull Earth html The 8 Most Stunning Bookstores In The World | Architectural Digest By Elizabeth Stamp for Architectural Digest. Tour the most extraordinary bookshops across the globe, from a hidden gem on Santorini to a repurposed church in The Netherlands. El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina (photo: Wim Wiskerke/Alamy Architect Fernando Manzone transformed a former theater into a spectacular branch of El Ateneo, the Argentine bookseller. Located in the Recoleta area, the 1919 building displays rows of books beneath the domed ceiling painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi and along the ornate balconies. Cook & Brook, Brussels (photo: Cook & Book Shoppers can feast on words as well as food at this inventive bookshop in Brussels. The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles (photo: James Martinez) Read more: The Best Hotels Around the World Set in a 20,000-square-foot space in downtown Los Angeles's Spring Arts Tower, the Last Bookstore is a madcap cross between an independent bookstore and an art installation. Fang Suo Commune, Chengdu, China (photo: Chih- Kang Chu)